Thursday, July 10, 2008

Library facility recommendations

We have the final report of our facility study from Durrant -- here's a condensed version of recommendations from the executive summary:

Long-term actions:

  • Construction of a new library about 138,000 square feet in size in the downtown central business district to meet immediate and long range space needs.
  • No branch libraries -- due to increased operational costs of multiple sites.
  • Use “green” building for energy efficiency & a healthy indoor environment. Use construction of a new facility to illustrate benefits of sustainable design.
  • Adequate interior public open space and expanded shelving areas to provide enough space for collections and promote ease of use & staff efficiency
  • Consider a drive-up window.
  • Increase the number and variety of types of technology workstations, e.g. workstations designed for multiple users, workstations with an array of software to facilitate collaborative projects, development of content, etc.
  • More public meeting spaces, designed for extended hours.
  • Better security for collections and allowing meeting room use independent of library hours.
  • More outdoor green space near the library.

Short-Term Actions:
  • Start processing the collection with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to fimplement an automated material handling system (AMHS) and more efficient and effective system of self-service checkout.
  • Begin planning an automated material handling system with a conveyor and sorter to handle returned material.
  • Replace the existing self-service checkout units with newer, smaller, more functional units to alleviate staff workload.
  • Upgrade bandwidth & technology for heavier computer usage and increased need for media-rich content.
  • Replace seating with new, more comfortable seating featuring integrated power and data to support computer use.

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